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George Sauer dies at 69. Didn't realize he was anti-football


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#1 bbb

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:46 AM

Anybody old enough to remember the AFL, will remember him.  8 catches in SBIII.  I was only 8 or 9 when he retired and maybe it didn't make the news, but he really didn't like football:

http://www.nytimes.c...at-69.html?_r=0

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:59 AM

Made Joe famous, RIP (but I actually disliked him a lot).

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:02 PM

He generally had a sauer disposition.

RIP, George.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:10 PM

Good player but did not like the greed and hatred a few players displayed.  He was a gentleman who liked the fellowship and competition. RIP George.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:37 PM

Interesting read.

Complex person.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:36 PM

View PostSan Jose Bills Fan, on 11 May 2013 - 12:02 PM, said:

He generally had a sauer disposition.

RIP, George.
RIP. Personally, I thought he was a little more vanilla...

http://www.cfsauer.com/company/

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:57 PM

Rip.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 12:17 AM

View PostExWNYer, on 11 May 2013 - 11:36 PM, said:

RIP. Personally, I thought he was a little more vanilla...

http://www.cfsauer.com/company/

Interesting.

Almost like a small, regional version of Durkee or McCormick.

That makes him spicy in my book.

Seriously though, people who don't want to click on the link and read the article should at least read this quote:

“He didn’t want to be anything but a poet and a writer,” John Dockery, a former Jets teammate and roommate during road games, recalled in a 2008 interview, “but he was given skills he didn’t want. He wanted something else. He walked away from the money, from everything, because it was too painful for him.”

Sauer expressed his misgivings about the football life in an article in The Times in 1983.
“My passion for the game was not sufficient,” he wrote. “Football is an ambiguous sport, depending both on grace and violence. It both glorifies and destroys bodies.

At the time, I could not reconcile the apparent inconsistency. I care even less about being a public person. You stick out too much, the world enlarges around you to dangerous proportions, and you are too evident to too many others. There is a vulnerability in this and, oddly enough, some guilt involved in standing out.

Some "guilt involved in standing out?"

Okily dokily.

Edited by San Jose Bills Fan, 12 May 2013 - 12:17 AM.


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Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:08 AM

Remember George well.  Had his card back in the day. That Super bowl game when they beat Baltimore 16-7 solidified my passion for the game of football.

RIP George.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 01:12 PM

San Jose Bills Fan, on 12 May 2013 - 12:17 AM, said:

“He didn’t want to be anything but a poet and a writer,” John Dockery, a former Jets teammate and roommate during road games, recalled in a 2008 interview, “but he was given skills he didn’t want. He wanted something else. He walked away from the money, from everything, because it was too painful for him.”[/size]

Sauer expressed his misgivings about the football life in an article in The Times in 1983.
“My passion for the game was not sufficient,” he wrote. “Football is an ambiguous sport, depending both on grace and violence. It both glorifies and destroys bodies.

At the time, I could not reconcile the apparent inconsistency. I care even less about being a public person. You stick out too much, the world enlarges around you to dangerous proportions, and you are too evident to too many others. There is a vulnerability in this and, oddly enough, some guilt involved in standing out.”

Some "guilt involved in standing out?"

Deeper thinker than most. I always liked him. Little guy wide receiver who played great! Kinda like.. Well, you know..

RIP GS Jr. Thanks for the memories!

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:25 PM

i didnt realize he hated the game either. i certainly remember him , thought he was maybe different in the  sense people were in the rebellious stage of the 60's but not to that degree. hope he died with peace of mind.. shame he could not have reconciled his feelings with his corresponding natural ability.